To use the SIRS Researcher database: 1. Open the Media Center

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To use the

SIRS Researcher

database:

1. Open the Media Center homepage by clicking on

Internet Explorer

.

(

Note:

If it doesn’t come up when you click on internet explorer, type in the following address http://www.lindenschools.org/medialinks/bookmark.htm

)

2. Click on

Online Databases

.

3. Click on

Mott Community College Library Resources

.

4. When the Mott homepage comes up, click on

Online Resources

.

(

Note:

If the page requires a password, please ask

Ms. Marton or Mrs. Coe for assistance.)

You should then see:

5. Click on

SIRS Researcher

. The page will look like this:

Then

, click on the red

SIRS Researcher

link.

6. Notice the list of

Leading Issues

. If your topic isn’t listed, you may also search by

subject

or

keyword

. (

Remember:

subject headings and keywords, not entire sentences or questions, work best when searching databases.)

NOTICE:

there is a

sidebar

that allows you to access up to the minute news

(

Today’s News

) and specialized topics (

Focus on Terrorism

,

Hurricanes 2005

, etc.).

7. When you click on a

Leading Issues

topic, your results will look like this:

*

NOTICE:

the results are listed by source. There are 22 newspaper articles, 19 magazine articles, etc. related to the topic of cheating.

This feature always defaults to

All Articles

, but by clicking on a specific source (

Newspapers

,

Magazines

, etc.), you will limit your results to information only presented in that specific format.

**NOTICE:

this area also provides a concise look at the issue from both sides of the debate.

Click on each tab to browse through the information.

8. The results contain a brief

summary

of the article, a

complete citation

, and additional

descriptors (related subjects/keywords)

found in the article.

To read the entire article, click on the

title

.

NOTE:

You may also create a “Tagged List” by checking the box next to the title and clicking the “Update Tagged List” found at the bottom of the page. By doing this, you will create a personalized list of articles. To access the list you create, simply click on

”My Research” at the top of the page.

10. Once you have the article open, you have several options listed across the top of the page including an option for printing a clean copy. If you are printing, PLEASE use this option to help save paper!

NOTICE:

There are several resources you may find useful including a

Dictionary

, a

Thesaurus

, and information on

How to Cite

the article.

If you have any additional questions, please ask for help!

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